Topics: Behavioral health

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The Rural-ness of Social Isolation: Information from Recent Public Health Research

Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith presenting research findings.


Considered social determinants of health, social isolation and loneliness impact health. The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center’s Deputy Director, Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, explains how these determinants impact rural Americans based on information from her team’s recent studies.

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July 10, 2019

Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America

Dr. Bird Gilmartin with a patient


Wildfires. Child abuse. Sexual assault. The negative and ongoing effects of these experiences are the reason communities and medical providers are using an approach called trauma-informed care. This article features ways trauma is understood and treated in a rural community, a Wyoming pediatrician’s clinic, and for nurses providing assault exams.

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April 17, 2019

Peer Support Specialists Care for and Connect Rural Behavioral Health Clients

Gloriana Hunter poses with her dog Pepe Ricardo


Peer support specialists are trained laypeople in recovery with a mental health condition or substance use disorder who act as mentors and coordinators for clients with similar behavioral health issues. PSSs in rural Arizona, Michigan, and North Dakota share the challenges and successes they see in their communities.

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February 6, 2019

Oregon Washington Health Network and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center “Tackle Everything” to Improve the Health of Local Community Members

Peer mentor graduating class held in La Grande, OR, in March 2018


The Oregon Washington Health Network and the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center are addressing behavioral health challenges through peer counselors and heart disease/cancer prevention through community education. In addition, they’re collaborating with local healthcare facilities and medical schools to improve recruitment and retention.

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June 13, 2018

The “M” of MAT: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

prescription pad listing MAT-related medications


MAT, or medication-assisted treatment, is understood as a whole-patient treatment for opioid use disorder, considered a chronic disease. Four MAT medications work differently and help each patient’s unique needs.

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March 21, 2018